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Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee Address Political Violence in Haiti in 2020 Appropriations Bill

1 week 1 day ago
June 10, 2019 Congresswoman Maxine Waters worked alongside Congresswoman Barbara Lee to address recent political violence in Haiti within the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. xxx Read the original press release HERE Creole Translation HERE REP. WATERS WORKS WITH COLLEAGUES TO STOP POLITICAL VIOLENCE IN HAITI; INCLUDES PROVISIONS IN FY 2020 STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS REPORT WASHINGTON – After returning from a trip to Haiti during which she saw evidence of politically motivated violence carried out by gangs allegedly affiliated with the Haitian government, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, worked with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) to ensure that language addressing the political crisis in Haiti was included in the report accompanying the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2020. Congresswoman Lee, in her capacity as a member of the […]
Sydney Roach

Note de Presse: Arrêt de Travail des les Magistrats du Pouvoir Judiciaire

2 weeks 1 day ago
PDF here English Version Here BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème impasse Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti 2493-2106 / 2493-2107 Email : avokahaiti@aol.com Port-au-Prince, le 30 mai 2019 xxx NOTE DE PRESSE xxx Le Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), dans sa mission première de défendre les droits des plus démunis, les droits inaliénables, imprescriptibles et inhérents à la personne humaine,  en particulier ceux des victimes du choléra importé par la MINUSTAH, des femmes et filles victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles, des citoyens victimes de Terrorisme d’Etat et autres abus de droits, apprend que les Magistrats du Pouvoir Judiciaire observent un arrêt de travail depuis tantôt deux (2) semaines sur toute l’étendue du territoire national. xxx Le BAI pense que les griefs évoqués pour cet arrêt de travail sont justes et légitimes. En effet, les magistrats réclament entre autres de meilleures conditions […]
Renee Metelus

Me Mario Joseph, une vie engagée pour la cause des droits humains

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Original article can be found here English version here Les violences sexuelles commises par les Casques bleus des Nations unies et surtout l’introduction du choléra par son contingent népalais ont fait émerger un homme qui se bat depuis des années pour obtenir justice pour les plus démunis. Me Mario Joseph, avec plus de 25 ans de carrière comme avocat, militant des droits humains, n’a jamais rechigné à embrasser certaines causes. Surtout quand il s’agit de femmes ou filles violées incapables de payer les frais judiciaires pour obtenir la condamnation de leurs agresseurs. Publié le 2019-05-29 | Le Nouvelliste | Auteur: Ricardo Lambert En 2016, l’ONU a reconnu sa responsabilité dans l’introduction du choléra en Haïti. Cette reconnaissance, même si elle n’est pas suivie de l’indemnisation des plaignants, reste une des plus grandes victoires de la longue carrière de Me Mario […]
Renee Metelus

Press Release: Response of EPPLS to the Pelerin 5 Victims

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PDF Version Here English Version Here BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX 3, 2ème rue Lavaud B.P. 19048 Port-au-Prince, Haïti Tel : +5092943-2106/ 07 Email: avokahaiti@aol.com Port-au-Prince, mardi 21 mai 2019 Note de presse Nous, Collectif des Victimes du Pèlerin 5, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Mouvement de Liberté et d’Egalite des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité   (MOLEGHAF), Konbit Ayisyen pou Lojman Altènatif ( KAYLA), Mouvement des Jeunes Solidaire pour une autre Société (MJSS), CONAMAVIDE, OCFEDH, SROD’H, organisations militant pour le respect des droits fondamentaux, la Justice Sociale et la Souveraineté du peuple Haïtien, dénonçons avec la dernière rigueur le manque de transparence et la volonté manifeste de l’administration de Jovenel MOISE pour  diviser le Collectif des Victimes de Pèlerin 5, réunissant les 7 familles pauvres victimes de l’Expulsion Forcée, suivie de Démolition de leurs maisons dans le voisinage de Jovenel Moise à Pèlerin […]
Renee Metelus

IADL Letter to Haitian President Jovenel Moise on the La Saline Massacre

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Original Letter here Read the letter in French The International Association of Democratic Lawyers sent the following letter to Haitian President Jovenel Moise on the Haitian government’s inadequate response to the November 2018 massacre of over 70 men, women and children in La Saline. The letter, signed by IADL president Jeanne Mirer, also came in solidarity with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, IADL’s Haitian member organization, and with all human rights and civil society leaders in Haiti calling for truth and justice for this massacre. While the massacre was attributed to gang-related perpetrators, credible witness statements include reports of police uniforms or official government transport of the perpetrators to the location. Allegations have also been made that the massacre was a form of retaliation against local residents for their involvement in anti-corruption campaigns. The massacre came five days before a planned nationwide […]
Renee Metelus

Lettre de l’AIJD au président haïtien Jovenel Moise sur le massacre de La Saline

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Original letter here English translation here L’Association internationale des juristes démocrates a adressé la lettre suivante au président haïtien, Jovenel Moise, sur la réponse inadéquate du gouvernement haïtien au massacre de plus de 70 hommes, femmes et enfants à La Saline en novembre 2018. La lettre, signée par la présidente de l’AIJD, Jeanne Mirer, était également solidaire du Bureau des avocats internationaux et de tous les dirigeants des droits de l’homme et de la société civile en Haïti, réclamant la vérité et la justice pour ce massacre. Bien que le massacre ait été attribué à des auteurs liés à des gangs, les déclarations de témoins crédibles incluent des informations selon lesquelles des uniformes de la police ou le transport officiel des agresseurs par le gouvernement se rendaient sur les lieux. Il a également été allégué que le massacre constituait une forme de […]
Renee Metelus

Choléra en Haïti : le mensonge multifactoriel de l’ONU

1 month ago
Original article here   xxxxxxxx Vous savez que c’est très mal d’être complotiste ? Oui, mais peut-être y a-t-il encore pire que d’organiser sinon des complots : masquer la vérité au grand public. Je vous donne un exemple. Je l’ai brièvement évoqué hier, j’y reviens car il m’a sidéré, c’est l’histoire du choléra en Haïti, lequel de 2010 à il y a trois mois, a fait 10 000 morts et 800 000 malades, c’est une estimation basse car beaucoup d’haïtiens ont pu être malade sans le savoir, ou le faire savoir, ou bien encore mourir loin des centres urbains. J’en reparle car Haïti c’est loin, c’est compliqué, et surtout on pourrait croire que le choléra est une conséquence du tremblement de terre intervenu en 2010. Alors voici ce que dit le Pr Piarroux, auteur du livre sur le choléra en Haïti : les […]
Renee Metelus

PRESS RELEASE: Human Rights Delegation Condemns Political Massacres Tied to Haiti’s Government

1 month 1 week ago
PDF Version available here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Danny Glover: 510-450-2500 ext. 11 Margaret Prescod, Sojourner Truth Radio: mpkpfk@gmail.com, 323-646-1269 Pierre Labossière, Haiti Action Committee: action.haiti@gmail.com, 510-483-7481 Walter Riley: walterriley@rrrandw.com, 510-451-1422 Brian Concannon, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti: brian@ijdh.org, 541-263-0029     Human Rights Delegation Condemns Political Massacres Tied to Haiti’s Government Investigation reveals attacks in Lasalin, Tokyo and Site Vinsant neighborhoods rather than simply gang warfare, were retaliation for anti-government protests   (Oakland, Los Angeles and Boston, May 8, 2019)   A delegation including lawyers, activists and a journalist investigating reports of a months-long series of deadly attacks in poor neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, were in Port au Price from April 24th to April 27th.  After reviewing human rights reports, collecting testimony from victims, reviewing video filmed by journalists, they concluded that the attacks were perpetrated by police and […]
Renee Metelus

Testimony of Cholera Victims in Kret Brile

1 month 2 weeks ago
Victims from Kret Brile in Mirebalais share their views on the United Nations non-inclusive consultation process.  English Translation of Video (PDF Version) This afternoon, we are happy to be able to speak as representatives of cholera victims in Kret Brile. My name is Oldales Cherie in the area of ​​Jembal. How did we come to represent the committee for the victims of cholera in Kret Brile?  There was a big informational meeting that was held with BAI representatives. The people there chose us, to send us as their representatives. The people there were all of those who were victims of cholera in Kret Brile; they themselves chose us and sent us as their representatives. We have come here today to intervene, to respond, comparatively with what we are learning that the United Nations says it is doing. The United Nations […]
Renee Metelus

Fanmi Lavalas Press Release

1 month 3 weeks ago
Original Haitian Creole Press Release Here Fanmi Lavalas Press Release* April 15, 2019 Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization strongly condemns the many assassinations and massacres that are taking place against community residents of Lasalin, Waf Jeremi, Tokyo and other areas with the support of government representatives that began last November and are continuing today. These actions that must revolt the conscience of everyone in the country are taking place day and night; despite the unending cries for help by community residents, the government has remained silent and has done nothing to provide assistance. Human rights organizations, civil society, the moral conscience of everyone in general must be awakened to come together with these community residents to put an immediate end to this intolerable situation which should not be occurring in a civilized country. Every person is a human being, and every […]
Renee Metelus

Vital Transformative Work: Hope Amidst the Current Crisis in Haiti

2 months ago
Dear Friend,   I came to the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti in December of 2017, because through my work at IJDH I am able to live out my deep, personal commitment to Haiti and her people.   I began working within the Boston Haitian community in graduate school, and was called to deepen my level of engagement through sustained culturally competent efforts. Then the January 12, 2010 earthquake hit, and nothing else mattered. Six months and a graduation later, I was in Haiti.   Nine years later I am married to a Haitian man confronting the difficulties of living in this country as a black immigrant. We have three wonderful Haitian-American children and together we are doing our best to reconcile the plenty of life in the U.S. with the hunger and limited access to education, healthcare, […]
Renee Metelus

Haiti TPS Documents Valid to January 2020

2 months ago
Haiti TPS Documents Automatically Valid to January 2, 2020 At Least! On March 1, 2019, DHS published an official Federal Register Notice (“FRN”) automatically extending the validity of Haiti TPS work permits and other TPS documents to January 2, 2020!  No Haitian with TPS needs to pay or do anything at all to benefit; the FRN has the force of law and the extensions are automatic! DHS did this to comply with the October 3, 2018 Ramos federal court preliminary injunction blocking DHS from ending TPS for Haiti, Sudan, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. See USCIS’s summary, Update on Ramos v. Nielsen.  (And in a thorough and dramatic 145-page decision on April 11, 2019, Judge William Kuntz of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Saget v. Trump also blocked DHS from ending Haiti TPS, finding DHS’s […]
Renee Metelus

Can’t Miss This! Join Us in Boston for an Engaging Panel on the UN & Its Cholera Epidemic on Tuesday!

2 months 1 week ago
The United Nations and Cholera in Haiti: Guilty but Not Responsible Tuesday, April 9th from 12:00pm-12:50pm 1585 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge | Harvard University| Wasserstein Hall | Room 2009 Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus will discuss his book, followed by a discussion with panelists, Elizabeth Campa, Senior Health and Policy Advisor for Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante and IJDH’s Brian Concannon. Liana Rosenkrantz Woskie, Assistant Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Strategic Initiative on Quality will moderate. All are welcome to participate and learn more about the political, cultural, medical, and legal questions that have emerged in the years since the initial outbreak of cholera in 2010. Your questions will be most welcome!
Renee Metelus

Two Events in Boston this April!

2 months 1 week ago
Dear Friends, We have some exciting news: Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus, a Brazilian diplomat and scholar with substantial high-level experience in Haiti, will be in Boston next week. IJDH and some of our collaborators are taking advantage of Professor Seitenfus’ visit to organize events on Monday evening (4/8) and Tuesday noon. Both events will include panel discussions with renowned experts.   Guilty but Not Responsible?: The UN, Haiti & Cholera Monday, April 8th from 7:00pm-9:00pm 65 Forsyth Street Boston |Northeastern University Dockser Hall | Room 240   Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus will discuss his latest book, The United Nations, and Cholera in Haiti: Guilty but Not Responsible? Professor Seitenfus advised the Haitian government on its cholera response, and led the Organization of American States mission to Haiti in 2010-2011. He will be joined by Patrick Sylvain, a Haitian-American poet, social and literary […]
Renee Metelus

Join us for a panel discussion on cholera accountability at Northeastern University School of Law!

2 months 1 week ago
We have some exciting news: Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus, a Brazilian diplomat and scholar with substantial high-level experience in Haiti, will be in Boston next week. IJDH and some of our collaborators are taking advantage of Professor Seitenfus’ visit to organize an event on Monday evening (4/8).  Guilty but Not Responsible?: The UN, Haiti & Cholera Monday, April 8th from 7:00pm-9:00pm 65 Forsyth Street Boston | Northeastern University Dockser Hall | Room 240 Dr. Ricardo Seitenfus will discuss his latest book, The United Nations, and Cholera in Haiti: Guilty but Not Responsible? Professor Seitenfus advised the Haitian government on its cholera response, and led the Organization of American States mission to Haiti in 2010-2011. He will be joined by Patrick Sylvain, a Haitian-American poet, social and literary critic, lecturer in African and African American Studies at Brandeis University, and faculty member […]
Renee Metelus

Haiti Info Archives (1992-1999) Now Available!

2 months 2 weeks ago
Haiti Info was published in Haiti from Aug. 31, 1992 until Oct. 2, 1999. Working with peasant associations, popular organizations, neighborhood groups, unions, community radio members, members of religious communities, and with human rights, student, women’s and other groups, as well as with organizations in the alternative media movement, Haiti Info – a bulletin on paper – came out in English and, during a period of about two years, Spanish. (Near the end of the 1990s, some articles were also available as text only online.) During the coup d’état/de facto period (1992-1994) the bulletin was produced clandestinely and sent via email to volunteers in Sweden and the U.S. who then printed and mailed it out. Later, it was copied and mailed from Haiti. At its peak, Haiti Info had over 1,000 paying subscribers in Europe and the Americas, many of […]
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